If you’re feeling the effects of a long winter, then these 5 postures will assist to increase your energy, and renew vitality. As new life is springing up in nature, we should be in the same flow, and come into blossom our self.
The following postures are firm favorites of mine, for the vitality they bring, and renewed vigor. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Downward Facing Dog
This posture is incredible. The deep stretch it brings across the spine allows fresh blood to circulate and wake up tired muscles. The hamstrings, calves, and hip flexors also benefit from the long deep stretch, which strengthens the muscles. Since Downward Facing Dog is an inverted posture, it has the added benefit of increasing energy, and full body circulation.
The Tree is slightly more challenging, however, the focus it takes to balance is what increases our energy levels.
The Cat/Cow is an excellent spine strengthener. The quick yet controlled movements increase the flexibility of the spine, strengthen the discs, and assists with blood flow around the body. When practiced using the Breath Of Fire, heat is generated in the body, and energy is increased further.
The Spinal Flex is another favorite of mine. It assists in moving blocked energy from the spine, and is similar to Cat/Cow. Spinal Flex is performed while sitting cross-legged on the floor. Similarly to Cat/Cow, you raise, and drop the spine, moving it up, and down. Again, when practiced using the Breath Of Fire, the benefits are greatly increased.
Makrasan – The Crocodile Pose
Makrasan involves twisting while laying on the floor. The knees go one way, and the torso twists in the opposite direction. This posture is performed slowly, and with care. The deep twists affect the digestive organs, nervous system, and abdominal organs. When stimulated, we experience an increase in energy throughout the body.
This set of postures is best when practiced first thing in the morning. You will feel alive, and ready to start the day with a spring in your step. The effects of sleep are removed, and energy levels increased. I suggest that you spend up to 3 minutes on each posture. You may find that 30 seconds is enough to start with, however, the more you practice the sooner your ability will increase.
The Downward Facing Dog posture is best to be held for up to 5 deep breaths. It is perfectly acceptable to come out of the posture, and repeat if required. You may feel light-headed after Downward Facing Dog, in this case, take some time to recover by performing Corpse Pose for at least a minute before continuing to the next posture.
I know that the above are to increase energy levels, however, I strongly recommend practicing the Corpse Pose after each posture to ensure you are connected to the breath, and the body has time to recover from the deep stretches.